DepEd, DoST launch new math, science modules
By MADEL R. SABATER
After a local research showed that the lack of resources and enthusiasm in teaching core subjects, such as science and mathematics, greatly contributed to the low level of competency among elementary students, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and the Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday launched hightech interactive modules to help enhance pupil interest in major subjects and upgrade science and math education in the country.
The project, finalized after more than two years of preparation, involved the development of a CD with a computer-based design and digitalized computeraided instructional materials made of cartoon-like modules to capture the interest of students.
DoST’s Science Education Institute (SEI) director Dr. Ester Ogena said the modules will be provided to an estimated 35,000 public schools starting next year, with those already having computer sets to be given priority.
The CD consists of 41 lessons in Science for Grades 3 to 6 and 60 lessons in Math for Grades 1 to 6.
The content was developed by SEI while the digitization was made by the DoST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute.
DoST Secretary Estrella Alabastro said the prioritization of the project was further highlighted after the results of the 1999 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the 2004 National Achievement Test which showed low level of competency among public elementary students in science and math.
"The objective (of the project) was to support the upgrading of science and math education in the country and to minimize the high cost of purchasing course softwares from other countries," said Ogena.
The launching o f the interactive modules at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City yesterday was attended by DoST and DepEd officials, some members of the academe, Rep. Reylina Nicolas of the 4th district of Bulacan and Rep. Luis Villafuerte of the 2nd district of Camarines Sur, both staunch supporters of science and technology.
Among the lessons in the interactive modules are the eclipse, kinds of energy, reproduction of plants, propagating plants, stars, tropical cyclones, excretory system, formation of metamorphic rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, digestive system, and tides.
DepEd Bureau of Elementary Education director Dr. Teresita Inciong, meanwhile, said the modules are "wonderful early Christmas gifts" to the 12 million public elementary students and 350 elementary teachers housed in 40,000 schools all over the country.